Serena Williams' career, as well as Roger Federer's, lasted for more than two decades. Many believe that this edition of Wimbledon could be the last for both the American and the Swiss, both looking for a final seal to put the icing on the cake.
Serena is desperately trying to clinch her 24th Grand Slam title, which would allow her to equal the all-time record held by Margaret Court. In the last two seasons, this opportunity has been denied her by some young rampant like Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu.
Who knows that Osaka's forfeit - combined with that of Simona Halep due to injury - won't help Williams. Suffice it to say that the American boasts a phenomenal record of 98 wins and 12 defeats on this surface (in addition to having reached the final in the last two editions of the Championships).
More complicated is Federer, who has played very little in the last year and a half due to a double operation on his right knee. The 39-year-old from Basel does not seem to have a great chance of reaching the end, but it would be a grave mistake to underestimate the pride of a legend of his caliber.
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“Well, I feel like, people can still say they can play longer. Technology has played a huge role in that. The way we view the game, the way we recover, the way our shoes are made, the way our equipment is made, I feel like technology is huge in to myself and Roger Federer playing so long”, explained Serena Williams.
The former world number elucidated the importance of technology’s help in explaining the longevity of several tennis players. “Normally, people retire at 29,30, 32 max. So I feel like there are several players at that age who are hitting their stride.
So, whether it was myself or whether it was Roger, I think it was a combination of everything including technology”, concluded the 23-time grand slam champion. Federer showed at Roland Garros last month that he remains a force to be reckoned with in the best-of-five format.
His experience allows him to manage the workload smartly in long matches, and also enhances his chances of fighting back in case things don't go his way initially. Moreover, grass being one of the quicker surfaces around aids Federer's naturally aggressive game.
The Swiss will find it easier to keep points short as he looks to safeguard his body ahead of a potentially grueling fortnight.